Central St. Giles Court | Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects

Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW ph. Maurits van der StaayCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © Hufton & Crow, Courtesy L&G and MECCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © Hufton & Crow, Courtesy L&G and MECCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW ph. Maurits van der StaayCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW ph. Maurits van der StaayCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW ph. Maurits van der StaayCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW ph. Maurits van der StaayCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW ph. Maurits van der StaayCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © Michel DenanceCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © Michel DenanceCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © Michel DenanceCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBWCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBWCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBWCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBWCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBWCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBWCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW ph. Joost MoolhuijzenCentral St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects © RPBW

The proposed concept for the site was to transform a single-use office building into a genuinely mixed use development incorporating office, retail, restaurant and residential use; seeking to create a new destination integrated within the local area.

The architects chose to situate the buildings around a new courtyard in the center of the site, which is connected by a publicly accessible route and ground floor public uses to the surrounding streets and spaces.

The key elements of the scheme were to introduce activity into the area, provide a mix of uses particularly retail, restaurants and housing introducing daytime and night time surveillance, and creating a properly managed and controlled environment which is reflected in the urban design approach to the layout of retail units, spaces and pedestrian routes.

Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Fletcher Priest Architects

Location: 
Design team: J.Moolhuijzen, M.van der Staay (partner and associate in charge), N.Mecattaf (associate) with L.Battaglia, S.Becchi, A.Belvedere, G.Carravieri, E.Chen, D.Colas, P.Colonna, W.Matthews, G.Mezzanotte, S.Mikou, Ph.Molter, Y.Pagès, M.Pare, L.Piazza, M.Reale, J.Rousseau, S.Singer Bayrle, R.Stampton and M.Aloisini, R.Biavati, M.Pierce, L.Voiland; O.Auber, C.Colson, Y.Kyrkos (models)
Structure: Ove Arup & Partners
Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon
Pre-Construction Advice: Bovis Lend Lease
Facades: Emmer Pfenninger & Partners
Lighting: P.Castiglioni / G.Bianchi
Fit-out for Affordable Residential: PRP
Landscaping: Charles Funke Associates
Client: Legal & General with Mitsubishi Estate Corporation Stanhope PLC
Project Year: 2002-2010
Drawings and Photographs: Courtesy of RPBW, Courtesy of L&G and MEC, Michel Denance, Hufton & Crow, Joost Moolhuijzen, Maurits van der Staay

Located in Camden, the project is part of a complex urban patchwork of medieval streets, modern buildings and traditional urban blocks. This environment had a dramatic impact on the design of the project.

The scheme is composed of complex volumes, which are characterically chiselled fragmented and reduced in scale to match the surrounding buildings. These chiselled volumes mad St-G an impressive architectural sculpture characterized by a combination of shimmering facets.

http://www.archdaily.com/104147/central-st-giles-court-renzo-piano-fletcher-priest-architects/

 

 

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